Sunday, November 28, 2010

Department of Homeland Security 'Defends' Our Intellectual Property Rights - Gee, thanks... I guess.

greeting card left by ICE at domains seized
OK, this is really getting disturbing.  The Department of Homeland ‘Security’ is seizing network domain sites and shutting them down.  Huh?  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is taking this action against domains that facilitate media piracy, such as the very popular bittorrent format which allows many users sharing bits and pieces of the same file between themselves thus allowing faster downloads than the earlier peer-to-peer versions.

OK.  Why?  Where is their statutory mandate for regulation of computer crimes and intellectual property rights?  Last I checked, it was still the big, ‘scary’ FBI logo dominating the boring intro to DVDs (you know the kind when you try to skip ahead, your player gives you that frustrating “this operation not available” dialogue each time) threatening you with Federal prosecution for copying the movie for personal use.  Last I checked it is still the FBI’s job to investigate criminal activity on the internet (as it is naturally, crimes that occur over state lines.

So, Big Sis is more concerned with shutting down the minnows of the software piracy world, and sexually molesting innocent American travelers, than closing our border with Mexico, and shutting down terrorist-facilitating websites (because, you know, that just show’s we are intolerant or something).

Like clouds and wind without rain Is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely.  –Proverbs 25:14

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